View Full Version : Mark Herzlich has cancer

05-14-2009, 02:39 PM
Very sad...I hope the best for him.


BC linebacker Herzlich fighting cancer

Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year, revealed Thursday that he is battling cancer.

Herzlich, a senior, was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a cancer most often found in bone or soft tissue.

"Obviously, I was shocked. I had been extremely focused on preparing for my senior season at Boston College and for life beyond that. Now, I must channel all that energy into facing my toughest opponent yet, and that is exactly what I will do," Herzlich said in a statement released by the school.

Herzlich has returned to his native Pennsylvania to be near his family and undergo tests to determine a course of treatment.

Herzlich was a finalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker, last season. He led the Eagles with 110 tackles, six interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

"When people think of Mark Herzlich, they think of a fearless individual who is always ready to take on a tough opponent. His integrity, determination and focus are unmatched. I know he will face this challenge with that same attitude," Boston College coach Frank Spaziani said.

Herzlich said he was unsure what his illness meant for his football future.

"At this point, I do not know what this means for my football future, but I am determined to rid my body of this disease so that I can put that uniform back on," he said. "Thank you in advance for your prayers and concern. Together, we will fight this and win."

05-14-2009, 02:44 PM
Oh man, poor kid :(

05-14-2009, 03:45 PM
Sad news...life is very transitory. I hope he gets the help he needs.

05-14-2009, 11:56 PM
Sad news...life is very transitory. I hope he gets the help he needs.

yup, hopefully his will to live is enough

05-15-2009, 12:49 AM

05-15-2009, 03:49 AM
**** Cancer

05-15-2009, 06:42 AM
That's terrible. The fact that he's young and in great shape is good news for him though.

Speaking of cancer, anyone seen recent pictures of Patrick Swayze?? The tole that has taken on his body is unbelievable.